We love to eat out as a family and typically hit one of our favorite restaurants once a week. We love a lot of local places, but most of them have identical kid's menus. Chicken fingers and french fries, hamburgers and french fries, and macaroni and cheese that comes out of a box.When BlogHer asked if we wanted to head to Olive Garden as a family, I was more than happy to take my kids out to dinner for some yummy Italian-inspired food. The restaurant has a comfortable, kid-friendly atmosphere, and I am pretty much in love with their kid's menu. My two picky girls love that they can create their own pasta bowls, and I love that there are no french fries on the menu. Both of their meals came with fruit, and all of the kids enjoyed the yummy, unlimited salad and breadsticks before their meal arrived. A fruit and a vegetable from the kid's menu, imagine that! The games on the kid's menu were pretty fun too. I may or may not have picked up a few new Italian words.
We also love their kid-friendly, non-alcoholic drink options. It makes dinner extra special for the kids when they get a fun drink, too. Olive Garden offers Italian and Cream Sodas, Berry Acqua Fresca, Frullato Smoothies, and our choice this trip, the Strawberry-Mango Limonata. Lou may or may not have had two.
As for the adults at the table, I tried their new Baked Pasta Romana with Chicken, and my hubby went the beef route with the Steak Gorgonzola-Alfredo. Both were delicious, and there were plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. In fact, I am pretty sure we left with just as much food as we ate while we were there. I even packed the kids' leftovers in their lunchbox the next day, including a little Limonata in Lou's thermos.
Olive Garden's new dinner special is a 3 course Italian dinner for $12.95. It includes soup or salad, your choice of 5 new entrees, and one of their Dolcini desserts, perfect for a date night without the kiddos. You can check out the 5 dinner options at Olivegarden.com/specials, and at that price you could get a couple of dates out of a $100 Olive Garden gift card.
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